Commemorative Goyo Prints - With the permission of Goyo's heirs, a couple of small commemorative runs of his prints were produced by two venerable publishers - Yuyudo & Tanseisha. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard of Goyo's originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Goyo's originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Goyo's originals.
Hashiguchi Goyo, 20th century master - Hashiguchi Goyo is one of the most famous and admired artists of 20th century Japanese woodblocks. He is sometimes referred to as the "Taisho Utamaro" as his incredible designs of women reached heights never seen again in 20th century woodblock prints. Goyo died unexpectedly in 1921 at age 41. His output was, therefore, very limited and his prints are incredibly rare. Goyo's prints were done before the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The devastation of the earthquake hit the woodblock print artists and publishers very hard and many prints and wood blocks were destroyed in the quake and ensuing fires. Original Goyo prints are some of the most sought after woodblock print images in the market today and sell in the $8,000 - $10,000 range and often much higher.
Comments - Wonderful full length portrait of a young beauty in a rich blue summer kimono holding an obi. The details in the kimono, obi and room with decorative screen are breathtaking. The wall behind the model is printed in a shimmering beige/gold mica, the white background in the obi is mica as well. Then, glistening specks of mica have been added to kimono. These mica details bring the image to life. This is a fantastic composition and truly a Goyo masterpiece.
Signed - Goyo-ga
Seal - "Go" with leaf pattern
Publisher - Tanseisha
Carver/Printer - Uetani/Suzuki
Image size - 11 3/4" x 20 3/4" (+ full margins)
Sheet size - 12 1/2" x 21 1/2"
Artist - Hashiguchi Goyo (1880 - 1921)
Condition - Excellent color, perfectly emulating Goyo's original. No fading, fine linework, rivaling the first edition Goyo prints. A small spot in the left margin. This print has been stored only, never framed.